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While You Were Sleeping: Dana Vollmer Breaks 100m Butterfly Record, and other Olympic Victories
by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 11:54 am, July 30th, 2012
Are you enamored with this year’s Olympics, but lacking the cable subscription or 5,000 or so hours required to not miss a moment? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Hit the jump for a round-up of exciting results from the first two days of the 2012 London Olympics, with a particular focus on women athletes!
- China’s Wu Minxia and He Zi won the first diving gold medal of the Olympics on Sunday, winning with a total of 346.20 points in the 3-meter synchronized event. (via ESPN.)
- Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won the silver medal in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving competition, the first U.S. Olympic medal in diving since 2000. (via The LA Times.)
- American swimmer Dana Vollmer won gold in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 55.98 seconds, beating the record of 56.06 set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in a since-banned high-tech bodysuit in 2009. (via CBS.)
- U.S. gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas will advance to Thursday’s individual all-around final, where they will both compete for the gold. Here’s a kind of funny, kind of awkward video of Raisman’s parents freaking out during her bar routine. (via The Boston Herald and Jezebel.)
- American skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode won the gold medal in women’s skeet shooting Sunday, her fifth consecutive individual-sport medal in five Olympics. (via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)
- Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi, the Malaysian shooter who also happens to be the most pregnant woman at the Olympics, finished 34th in the qualifying round of the 10-meter air rifle. Her baby is expected in five weeks, and we wish her and her daughter all the best! (via Zimbio.)
- Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen broke the world record in the women’s 400 meter individual medley Saturday, raising questions about possible doping, a result of China’s record of state-sponsored doping in the 1980s and 1990s. (via The Chicago Tribune.)
- Great Britain’s women’s field hockey team won their first match against Japan. Captain Kate Walsh, who was injured during the match, has undergone surgery for a broken jaw, potentially barring her from the rest of the Olympics. (via The Telegraph.)
- Cyclist Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won gold in the 87-mile womens road race. Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, who finished just behind her, recently spoke out against sexism in sport sponsorships, calling on larger sponsors to bankroll a women’s cycling squad. (via The Telegraph.)
- South Korea’s women’s archery team, composed of Ki Bo-bae, Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju, won their seventh straight gold medal, beating China 210-209. (via The Washington Post.)
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